Really wish people would stop saying that the Hunger Games is just Battle Royal. Battle Royal had no real setting or setup.
Hunger Games is actually le...moreReally wish people would stop saying that the Hunger Games is just Battle Royal. Battle Royal had no real setting or setup.
Hunger Games is actually less about the children killing each other and more about just how far humanity has sunk. the Capital City is basically a new Rome, and the Hunger Games is a new Colosseum to entertain the masses. The children aren't allowed to say how horrible it is that they all have to die. They are forced to dress up and be beautiful for the camera and give speeches as if they were actors. If the children are doing well in the games or have a sympathetic "character", citizens are allowed to purchase "gifts" for them to help them out.
The whole thing is horrible, just horrible! And in later books, people start to rise up against the corrupt government and a civil war ensues.
The author's explanation of her inspiration for writing the books is enough to convince me that she hadn't ever seen Battle Royale (not everyone is a Jap-fan who has seen this movie, you guys).
Hunger Games is MORE than Battle Royal. It isn't just about picking random kids and making them kill each other (and IMO it's LESS random in this book than in Battle Royal, and in Hunger Games everyone knows it's coming as opposed to it just being a wtf moment). It is about WHY the games exist in the first place, how the games have corrupted high society, and what the oppressed are going to do about it.(less)
I had to wait MONTHS for this to become available at my library for download, and now I know why!
This was a fabulous YA book. I couldn't stop listenin...moreI had to wait MONTHS for this to become available at my library for download, and now I know why!
This was a fabulous YA book. I couldn't stop listening to it! It isn't your traditional "coming of age" story at all. Tris isn't even close to being a typical YA novel main character. She's no vapid lovestuck bird-brain. Sure, she loves, but she's also brave, selfless, strong, intelligent, all while having flaws that makes her feel very real and fleshed out as a character.
After having read The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School, I feel like I "get" this book and its messages a lot better than if I hadn't known anything about the sociology involved. There is a lot of commentary buried in the stories about human nature, politics, group dynamics, conformity, and the importance of being unique and different. As I was reading, I was very impressed that I could see and understand why people and groups reacted in certain ways, and that it reflected society today very nicely.
I think even people who normally don't read dystopian novels would enjoy this book. It has a gripping story and an interesting social setup that makes you want to keep reading to find out how things work. It has amazing characters, and it's really surprising for me that I didn't want to strangle anyone I was supposed to be sympathizing with like I so often do in YA coming-of-age books, so that's saying something.
(As a side note, if you like dystopian novels, like the unique society in this book, and enjoy snarky humor, check out Shades of Grey.)(less)